Every month we post a thematic Listening List with 1-5 hours of podcast episodes for our PBC meetings and online discussions. We send these out by email, so be sure to subscribe. You can always find the selections here.
Nostalgia acts as a bridge between our past and present, intertwining cherished memories with our current experiences. It has the remarkable ability to evoke both positive and bittersweet emotions, reminding us of moments, people, and places that have shaped us. This complex interplay of sentimentality often prompts introspection, helping us appreciate our personal growth while maintaining a connection to the aspects of our history that continue to resonate with us. Moreover, nostalgia’s universal appeal highlights the shared human experience and our innate desire to reflect on the passage of time. Listen to these four podcast episodes about nostalgia and then join in on one of our global discussions on the topic!
Humans and animals interact on a day-to-day basis. This playlist showcases how those interactions can lead to insight and understanding, but how it can also be harmful.
The rapidly changing landscape of artificial intelligence will leadto unknown outcomes for society. This is a time to be informed and engaged. Sofia, a member of our chapter in Valencia, Spain, has selected a few episodes that touch on the key issues and how they might [will] impact us.
When you say “home,” what comes to mind? Are you thinking of a physical structure? A geographic location? Perhaps you are even thinking about a person or a smell. Home can represent a place of safety, comfort, and belonging. Home is a fundamental aspect of human experience that shapes our identity, relationships, and sense of place in the world. This playlist explores the idea of home.
Altruism seems like such a no-brainer good idea. Give to those in need. Give to charities. But, every dollar we give to one person or organization is a dollar we potentially don’t give to another. And, what makes humans altruistic in the first place? Is it our culture and higher order society that brings about these qualities or is there an underlying reason dictated by evolutionary biology? This playlist explores the pros and cons of effective altruism, direct cash giving, and the view of altruism from the perspective of evolutionary biology.
Like it or not, we’re all getting older. Some people decide to lean into aging, while others fight it with all they’ve got. How does ageism play into our decisions about how to age. And, what, if anything, can and should science do to increase longevity. The episodes in this month’s playlist tackle these questions and offer a variety of perspectives on the topic.